Behavioral Adaptation

Authored by: John M. Sullivan

Handbook of Human Factors for Automated, Connected, and Intelligent Vehicles

Print publication date:  June  2020
Online publication date:  May  2020

Print ISBN: 9781138035027
eBook ISBN: 9781315269689
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In this chapter, we discuss the relevance of behavioral adaptation (BA) to changes in the driving task that accompanies automated, connected, and intelligent vehicle technologies. Early examples of BA are first described to provide a historical perspective along with a discussion of negative and positive BA effects. This is followed by an overview of traditional models of BA including motivational theories of risk management and information-processing models that discuss cognitive processes that could play a role in BA. Issues related to identifying how, what, and when behavior may change in response to alterations in the driving task are discussed, as well as the role of the driver’s mental model of the advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS). The second half of the chapter reviews the literature on BA as it relates to advanced driving assistance systems, including both driver support features and automated driving features that involve control automation and discrete warnings. In the course of this review, the role of mental model and driver trust are revisited in the context of the empirical work.

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